Called the "It bag of the future" by Teen Vogue, this stylish and ridiculously practical bag (sold in packages of 3 and 6) is one easy step in helping save the planet. Baggu ("bag" in Japanese) is machine washable, and folds up into it's … see full wiki
OOH-LA-LA! I had to have these trendy shopping bags!
Oct 5, 2008
My children used to giggle when they saw older women walking around the malls, carrying those little black mesh shopping bags; they were like caricatures of funny seniors depicted in so many cartoons. Even though I could see the convenience and practicality of those bags, I admit to a few chuckles myself. But I thought they were cute little old ladies, rather endearing, in fact.
As the years passed and styles changed, more and more people started carrying their own shopping bags, especially for fruits and veggies at Farmer's Markets. I never wanted one until I received some postcards from my friends vacationing in Paris, France: The cards pictured these charming outdoor cafes, fairs, and markets, with every mademoiselle in sight carrying colorful shopping bags with fresh vegetables and fruit peeking out the top ... topped by slender loaves of French bread. Suddenly those bags were tres chic!
Okay, now that the notion turned into an obsession, I learned that the shopping bags are sold in two-, three- and six-packs, and that's when my dilemma began. Since I like my garments and accessories to be color-coordinated, I needed at least one black one and one tan one (the basics) but I also WANTED a colorful one. OMG, the colors were so "Gay Paree," they were hard to choose from. The basic colors were easy because they had a 3-pack of neutrals (which is this one pictured at top of page). But out of the vast selection of colorful ones, I narrowed it down to blue, lime green, shocking pink, yellow or red. Since each pack is the same color, I couldn't have them all, so which did I want the most?
After much deliberation, I selected yet another color--the red/orange striped package--so now I have two real show-stoppers plus three neutrals.
And, boy, do I love them all. Not only are they reusable, they suit my style and my eco-agenda. Each sturdy, rip-stop nylon bag holds the contents of two to three regular grocery bags. I feel so cool when I go into the bakery and whip my pretty bag out of its carrying pouch (whatever my color choice of the day may be) and place the bread in it. And now it's on to the Farmer's Market for fresh fruit and veggies.
Not only do I now sport a European flair, I'm doing my part for the environment too. With no more plastic to clog our dumps, I stroll around the shopping center head held high.
Now aren't I quite the stylish "little old lady?" I think I'll tell Maxine--of cartoon fame--about these. I'm sure her friends will soon be hitting the malls in all their colorful glory ... an army of women, carrying rainbows over their shoulders.
Reviewed by: Betty Dravis, 2008 author of "Millennium Babe: The Prophecy"
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